For the second time in the 2023 CAF Women’s Champions League, AS FAR FC (Morocco) and Ampem Darkoa (Ghana) will trade tackle but this time with a prize at stake which is the bronze medal.
Nigeria’s Bayelsa Queens edged Simba Queens (Tanzania) 1-0 to win the third-place match last year.
This time around, 2022 winners, AS FAR FC and debutant Ampem Darkoa will battle it out in the third-place match at the Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Korhogo, Ivory Coast, 8:00 pm local time (9:00 pm Nigeria and Cameroon time).
Head-to-head: Ampem Drakoa won the only previous head-to-head record between both sides in the group stage. Goals from Comfort Yeboah and Nouhaila Benzina (own gal) sealed a 2-1 win despite Najat Badri’s 14th-minute opener for AS FAR FC.
Form: AS FAR FC has won two of their four games ahead of the third-place match against Huracanes 1-0 and AS Mande 2-0 but lost two games to Ampem Darkoa 2-1 and Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies 1-0 in the semif-final.
Ampem Darkoa also has similar form with two wins against AS FAR FC and Huracanes 3-1 while succumbing to two losses against AS Mande 3-0 and SC Casablanca 3-2 on penalties in the semi-final.
Key players: AS FAR’s Fatima Tagnaout was tamed by Sundowns in the semi-final giving her little chance to create goal-scoring chances. The 2022 Most Valuable Player (MVP) will be key for the Moroccans to claim the third straight podium finish.
The duo of Comfort Yeboah and Tracey Twum will have to bring their hay games to the fore for the Ghanaians on Saturday. With two goals each, they have a role to play in securing another win over AS FAR FC.
Fun facts: AS FAR FC has had a podium finish in the past two editions of the CAF Champions League; bronze medal in 2021 and winning the title in 2022.